I always wanted to create a science fiction lesson, but I didn’t see any suitable images for creating such a lesson. After additional searches on stock resources, I found excellent images on this topic. In this tutorial, you will learn how to set the glow for the layers to create an excellent lighting effect, as well as how to use brushes, change the color balance and curves to get a great result.
First, create a new document Ctrl + N), set the contents of the background – transparent (transparent). (My document size is 2000x2000px). On this document, we will transfer our stock images. The first stock image we use is an image with a road. Since there is no need to use the large dimensions of the original road image as a background, we frame the road image a little with the tool Frame (Crop Tool (C) after we transfer this image to our document. In the screenshot below, you can see how the image should look like.
Next, we need to move the image with thunder clouds to our document. Once you have moved the image with the clouds to our document, use a soft eraser to remove the bottom of the image.
In this step, we will add some images with a nebula and a starry sky, using a different layer opacity level. For the first image with a nebula, set the blending mode Soft light (Soft Light). For the second image with a nebula, set the blending mode Overlap (Overlay), then, for a layer with a starry sky, set the blending mode Light replacement (Lighten)
Next, we’ll add images with starships and planets, and also add another image with a nebula in order to add more color to our composition. Move the images of the planets to our document, and then use a soft brush to remove the areas that are unnecessary on our background.
Next, add a colorful, nebula to the background and change the blending mode for this layer with the nebula to Soft light (Soft Light). Also remove excess areas of the nebula. Move the second spacecraft to our document.
It remains for us to add an industrial building to the background and an image of a space warrior. Due to the high quality of the image and the white background, which depicts a space warrior, it will be easier to select it and move the selected image to our document.
After you move the selected warrior image to our document, we will need to create shadows under the warrior’s feet, for this, go to the layer with the road and select the tool Dimmer(Burn Tool), install Range (Range) on Mid tones (Midtones) and meaning Exposure (Exposure) at 15%, after you have set up the dimmer tool, draw soft shadows. Next, add a glare from the nebula to the space warrior layer.
We need to add more colors to our picture. To do this, create a correction layer. Color Balance(Color Balance). The results of the color correction may be different, everything will depend on your preferences, but the screenshot below shows my settings.
Next, let’s add more colors to the background using the adjustment layer. Curves (Curves). After a small correction Channels Rgb (RGB Chanels (7A), with a tool Eraser(Eraser Tool), we will remove some areas in the image to get a beautiful bluish effect on the planets and on the right side of the space warrior (7B)
We will also play with color using the adjustment layer. Selective color correction (Selective color). The screenshot below shows the settings for the adjustment layer.
I added some warmth using the adjustment layer. A photo Filter (Photo Filter), but you can play with any filter that you think is suitable for your work. Next, we have almost everything ready, the only thing we need to add a little bit of sharpness. Create a merged layer (Flatten Image) and apply the same settings that I used in my lesson “Song about the Crow” while adding extra sharpness to the image. Let’s go Picture – mode – Lab (Image> Mode> Lab Color).
Next, go to the bookmark Channels (Channel) in the layers palette and select the channel Brightness (Lightness). Then go Filter – Sharpness – Contour Sharpness (Filter> Sharpen> Unsharp Mask). Settings I used: Effect (Amount) 65%, Radius (Radius) 3, Threshold (Threshold) 2.